The Philadelphia Flyers join the hockey community in mourning the loss of former Flyers head coach Pat Quinn, who passed away on Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness.
Quinn was the fifth head coach in Flyers history. He was behind the bench from 1979 to 1982, compiling a record of 141-73-48, and led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1980. The 1979-80 team’s 35-game unbeaten streak (25-0-10) from October 14, 1979 to January 6, 1980 remains an NHL record. Quinn was honored with the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year following that season. Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider on Quinn:"It is a sad day for our sport. Pat Quinn was an outstanding hockey coach. He had an excellent career as a player, coach, general manager and hockey executive. He was terrific at everything he did, including Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He truly knew how to get our players to play hard every night. Through his leadership, motivation and drive, he led one of our most exciting teams - the streak team - during the 1979-80 season, which went 35 straight games without a loss en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.
“Over the years, Pat and I shared many great memories of his time in Philadelphia. He will truly be missed by all of us. I'd like to send my condolences to Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers." Flyers President Paul Holmgren on Quinn: “This truly is a sad day for the hockey world. Pat Quinn was one of the most respected people in our business. A players coach at heart, his innovative systems and love of the game made it a delight for all who had the honor of playing for him and working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s wife Sandra, his daughters Valerie and Callie and the entire Quinn family at this difficult time.”Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall on Quinn:"He was a hockey guy. His whole life was his family and hockey. I can tell you in hockey circles he was one of the most respected guys around. I don’t think anybody disliked him, and I don’t think anybody didn’t respect the fact that he was kind of all-in with the game.
"He taught a really up-tempo game. His teams played really up-tempo, hard, old-school, fast hockey. I think in that way he was ahead of his time."Flyers head coach Craig Berube on Quinn: “Pat was a teacher. A great man on and off the ice and a very, very good hockey mind. The years that he put in coaching and everything else show that, but it’s a terrible loss.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmann on Quinn: “Whether he was playing for a team, coaching a team or building one, Pat Quinn was thoughtful, passionate and committed to success. Pat’s contributions to hockey, at every level, reflected the skills he possessed and the great respect with which he treated the sport. The National Hockey League, one of the many organizations to benefit from his devoted service, sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s loved ones and his many friends around the hockey world.”Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Jim Gregory on Quinn: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn. Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."
The Flyers were honored to welcome Quinn as the coach of the Flyers Alumni team for the 2012 Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park.
Funeral arrangements are pending.